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Designated Survivor 

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A low-level Cabinet member becomes President of the United States after a catastrophic attack kills everyone above him in the line of succession.

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David Guggenheim
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Kiefer Sutherland ...  Tom Kirkman 43 episodes, 2016-2018
Adan Canto ...  Aaron Shore 43 episodes, 2016-2018
Italia Ricci ...  Emily Rhodes 43 episodes, 2016-2018
LaMonica Garrett ...  Mike Ritter 43 episodes, 2016-2018
Kal Penn ...  Seth Wright 43 episodes, 2016-2018
Maggie Q ...  Hannah Wells 43 episodes, 2016-2018
Natascha McElhone ...  Alex Kirkman 31 episodes, 2016-2017
Jake Epstein ...  Chuck Russink 28 episodes, 2016-2018
Paulo Costanzo ...  Lyor Boone 22 episodes, 2017-2018
Zoe McLellan ...  Kendra Daynes 21 episodes, 2017-2018
Ben Lawson ...  Damian Rennett 19 episodes, 2017-2018
Tanner Buchanan ...  Leo Kirkman 19 episodes, 2016-2018
Reed Diamond ...  John Forstell 19 episodes, 2016-2018
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Kiefer Sutherland stars as Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member who is suddenly appointed President of the United States after a catastrophic attack on the US Capitol during the State of the Union, on the highly anticipated series Designated Survivor. In this dramatic thriller, Kirkman will struggle to keep the country and his own family from falling apart, while navigating the highly-volatile political arena and while leading the search to find who is responsible for the attack. Written by ahmetkozan

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 2016 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Sobrevivente Designado See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Episode 1.2, Designated Survivor: The First Day (2016), names the late FBI Director as "Jacobs". In the early books/movies in the Jack Ryan-series by Tom Clancy the FBI Director is called "Emil Jacobs". Might be a tribute to the author of the books that probably inspired this interesting show. See more »

Goofs

President Kirkman never travels with "the Beast". Instead the presidents motorcade consist of Tahoe and Suburbans. See more »

Quotes

[from trailer]
Speechwriter #2: Guy's never been elected to anything.
Speechwriter #1: Did you know President Richmond fired him this morning? Now he's the president.
Seth Wright: Maybe he'll realize he has no business running the country.
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Back to the tripe we thought we'd got rid of...
24 October 2016 | by gn-54256See all my reviews

Was really excited when I read the synopsis for this. Political intrigue, a scenario that I haven't seen on screen before and Kiefer Sutherland - what's not to like? Well, just about everything as it turns out so far...

I won't bother going into any of the story as it's really not worth wasting the energy on, suffice to say this is exactly the kind of glossy, play-safe, cliché-filled, USA, USA propaganda rubbish that I thought we had resigned to the annals of history.

With so many TV shows of recent years delivering outstanding material (Breaking Bad, Sopranos, GOT, House Of Cards, True Detective etc etc), this just falls by the wayside in every respect.

The concept is great and the acting is okay, but the script and the story line are beyond cheesy. To echo what another reviewer said - Sutherland's character goes from being freaked out that he is all of a sudden the leader of the free World, to delivering lines that sound like they jumped right out of the pages of the Independence Day script in Episode 2 (no slur on ID there - that was supposed to be a fun and entertaining movie). This on the other hand isn't, it's taking itself far too seriously with nothing gritty to back it up.

It may have been a good show in the late 90's, but we've moved on a lot from then.


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